This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
As we progress through the season, most editions of the Musings focus on a fairly specific topic – it might be prospects, trade fallout, scouting reports, or any of a number of things readers have asked me to discuss. Given that format, there are almost always things I would like to include, but they don't quite fit that week's topic, or they are just brief snippets that don't require a full article. Therefore, I am going to take this opportunity to throw out a few rambling observations – food for thought if you will. Always remember, this is intended to be an interactive forum, I encourage comments and discussion, and I'll pretty much always offer an opinion! Let's get to it:
Injuries, injuries, injuries – I haven't compiled any statistics, but I feel like this year has already been the worst I can remember with regard to injuries. And, hey, you have to remember, my memory goes back to before Tommy John had Tommy John surgery. I could list them all here, but it would just be frustrating, and/or depressing. Those who say you shouldn't draft pitchers early in drafts will say, "I told you so" but I really think landing a couple of frontline guys is more important than ever. Yes, if you lose one, it hurts, but if you don't have someone to offset the lousy peripherals posted by the fill-ins, your stats could crash and burn almost overnight. Personally, I am looking just a little more closely